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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: lived off campus for two years, it is great and near campus

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is only available for seniors who apply, since Gettysburg is a residential liberal arts college. We only allow 10% of students to live off campus any given year. That being said, rent is pretty cheap and people like living off campus as a special privilege senior year. However, many remain on campus because housing here is pretty good.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not familiar enough with off-campus housing to give it a fair rating.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There isn't really a reason to live off campus, on campus housing is guaranteed all four years and the options are very good on campus. Almost everyone lives on campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is a great opportunity for people who want more freedom and also want to save money. Let's face it, colleges want to make money off their students, and a huge source of revenue is from the dining centers. Living off campus and not using a college meal plan will save you hundreds of dollars in the end.


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  • 1110th
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Steven Moxley
Bakersfield, CA
Computer Science
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For the majority of Gettysburg students, experience with off-campus housing relates almost exclusively back to parties. Parties in off-campus houses tend to be a lot more relaxed because there is no threat of S&S breaking things up if it gets a bit loud. Of course, since only a relative few upperclassmen are allowed to live in off-campus housing, this exclusivity is much sought after, making parties at off-campus housing all the more popular. The houses themselves are generally well-kept, and there is an ample selection of apartments and houses within close distance to the college campus. The most popular locations are along Water Street, which is about a half-mile away from campus.

While off-campus housing is considered somewhat of a luxury, the College has made several on-campus housing locations "seem" like they are off campus, allowing upperclassmen the freedom of living away from the center of things with the security of being in campus housing and, unfortunately, subject to its security.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
May, when graduating students are moving out
Popular Areas
  • North Washington Street
  • Water Street

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 6% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 35% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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